updated 1/15/2011 5:51:24 PM ET 2011-01-15T22:51:24

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM), the catastrophic disaster restoration unit of the ServiceMaster Co., the leading residential and commercial disaster restoration company in the world, has mobilized to begin the process of disaster mitigation, management and restoration for large commercial businesses hit by flooding in Queensland, Australia.

SRM specializes in minimizing business interruption in disaster impacted areas so that companies may rapidly return to pre-loss conditions. Approximately one million square kilometers, an area larger than France and Germany combined, have been affected by the flooding in Queensland and its capital, Brisbane, with a damage cost of billions of dollars. [1]

"Every disaster is different," said Mark Fischer, managing director of SRM.  "And this is no exception.  Our job is to manage and mobilize the recovery effort so that companies and their employees can get back to their business of business and help to get their communities back on their feet."

SRM brings a unique resource to Australia, Mark Fischer, worked to introduce disaster recovery services into Australia during his tenure as president of one of Australia's leading mitigation companies.   His global experience in recovery coupled with his intimate knowledge of his homeland makes him the perfect person to lead ServiceMaster Recovery Management efforts on the ground in Australia.

With management team experience in 27 different countries on countless disasters, including clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon after September 11, 2001, ServiceMaster Recovery Management is one of the largest large commercial disaster recovery companies.

About ServiceMaster

With a network of more than 5,100 company-owned and franchise locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks.  The company's high profile brands are TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 27,000 corporate employees and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people ServiceMaster's family of brands serve more than 8.5 million customers every year and hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home service contracts, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. More information about ServiceMaster can be found at www.servicemaster.com .

[1] http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/11/f-australia-queensland-floods-by-the-numbers.html#ixzz1B2HPoQv0

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